Giveaway Frenzy: St. Patrick’s Day Edition

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Welcome to thSPatrick's Day Edition of our Every Day Givaway!  

Answer our trivia question to win our featured item of the day. One reply from our various social media outlets will be randomly chosen as our winner. Good Luck!

Where and in what year was the most famous saint of Ireland, St Patrick, born?

Our giveaway item today is the 2015 Compact Celtic Weekly Planner. This calendar runs from September 2014 – December 2015. 

May the luck of the Irish be with you!

Recipe Thursdays: St. Patrick’s Pot of Gold Cake Pops!

Irish eyes will be smiling at the sight of these cute Cake Pops, from our Pop.O.Licious Cake Pop book by Joey Dellino, with Tony Dellino

POTS OF GOLD
Makes 24 Cake Pops
Follow basic Cake Pops recipe to uncoated cake ball stage, then proceed to Pots of Gold instructions.

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Basic Cake Pops Recipe
Pots of Gold Shaping Instructions

BASIC CAKE POPS RECIPE
Makes approximately 36-40 Cake Pops*

WHAT YOU'LL NEED
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18.25 oz. box cake mix, any flavor
9" x 13" cake pan
16 oz. container store-bought frosting
Cookie scoop (about 1-1/2" diameter)
32-oz. bag of candy coating, any flavor
48 lollipop sticks
Sprinkles, any color
Styrofoam or wooden block

WHAT TO DO
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1. Bake the cake, following the instructions on the box, using a 9" x 13" cake pan. Let it cool completely and gather the rest of the supplies.
2. Cut the cake into 16 equal pieces while still in the cake pan. This will make it easier to crumble the cake in the electric mixer. Place 8 pieces into the bowl of the mixer and turn on at medium speed. Mix for 1 to 2 minutes until the cake is completely crumbled.
3. Add the remaining half of the cake to the bowl and continue mixing for another 1 to 2 minutes.
4. Add about half of the container of frosting (or 8 oz.) to the crumbled cake. Mix for 1 to 2 minutes until everything is completely mixed together and the cake reaches a dough-like consistency. Depending on how moist you want your cake pops, you may want to add more frosting.
5. Use the cookie scoop to create the cake balls. (The cookie scoop will help to keep your cake pops consistent in size.) Remove the dough from the scoop and finish rounding them by hand. Place them all on a plate or cookie sheet lined with wax paper.

*The number of cake pops this recipe yields depends on how large or small you make your cake balls. Joey recommends using a cookie scoop to make the balls a more consistent size. The rest of the projects in the book are designed to create 24 decorated cake pops, using the basic cake pop recipe as the starting point. Even though this recipe will yield more than 24 cake balls, it's always a good idea to have extras on hand when decorating, in case you run into any cracking/breaking problems and have to do some over.

POTS OF GOLD

WHAT YOU'LL NEED
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24 uncoated round cake balls
1 14- or 16-oz. bag black candy coating
24 lollipop sticks
3 oz. gold pearlized sugar crystals
24 strands of rainbow ribbon (about 7" each)

WHAT TO DO
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1. Be sure to have your round cake balls prepared.
2. Place the candy coating in a microwave-safe bowl. Melt in the microwave, following the instructions on the package. Stir until you get a smooth consistency.
3. Dip the tip of a lollipop stick into the candy coating about a half inch. Insert dipped end of stick a cake ball, about halfway through the ball. Place ball on a plate or cookie sheet lined with wax paper. Repeat with remaining cake balls.
4. Chill the cake pops in refrigerator (for about 15 minutes).
5. Remove the cake pops from the refrigerator. Dip a cake pop into the candy coating. Once completely covered, pull the cake pop out and gently tap the stick on the edge of the bowl to allow the excess candy coating to drip off. Place upside down on wax paper and gently press the cake pop to create a flat surface and a slight brim for the pot. Let dry completely. Repeat with remaining cake pops.
6. Once the pops have hardened, gently peel them away from the wax paper and place them in a stand.
7. Spoon a small amount of candy coating on the flat surface of the cake pop. Sprinkle the gold pearlized sugar crystals all over to create a mound of "gold." Repeat with remaining cake pops.
8. Tie a ribbon around the lollipop stick at the base of the pot, and repeat with remaining cake pops.
9. Let pops stand and dry completely.

Tip
Instead of using a regular lollipop stick, try using a multi-colored candy cane instead!

First image © Joey and Anthony Dellino, second image © Margoe Edwards / Shutterstock.com